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Allegan County Sheriff's Office
Thursday March 24th, 2011 :: 11:24 a.m. EDT


22 yr old Allegan Twp man struck and killed when he apparently purposely ran in front of a vehicle this morning.

On March 24, 2011 at approximately 5:05AM, Allegan Central Dispatch received information about a possible car versus pedestrian crash on M89 East of the city of Allegan in Allegan Township. Officers arrived on scene and found a male subject had suffered severe injuries and was being tended to by a woman who identified herself as the subject’s girlfriend. The subject ended up suffering fatal injuries in the crash and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The girlfriend stated that the deceased male subject and herself had been having a verbal argument at his residence nearby and that she had left in her car. The male subject followed her on foot and laid down in the middle of the road. She stopped and repeatedly tried to get him out of the road but he kept going back and laying in the roadway. She observed a semi tractor trailer nearly strike him and then another car swerved to avoid him, however, when a third vehicle came along the male subject ran in front of the car as it was trying to swerve to avoid them. The car struck the male subject causing fatal injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction team but initial information and statements indicate that this was an intentional act by the deceased male subject and that the striking vehicle was making attempts to avoid him when he was struck. Evidence indicates that the deceased male subject had been drinking. The driver of the vehicle that struck the male subject was wearing a seatbelt and was not drinking at the time of the crash.

The deceased pedestrian was identified as Skip Edward Barber W/M 5-18-88 from Allegan Township and the driver of the vehicle was a male subject from the Plainwell area.

Allegan County Sheriff's Office
112 Walnut St
Allegan, MI 49010

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 269-673-0500

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